The proposed changes to the City Park Golf Course have been a contentious issue for many Park Hill residents. Recently, the Denver Post released an image of a design that was proposed by architect/designer iConGolf Studio with golf design adviser Hale Irwin.
The course is expected to close for construction beginning end of 2017 and continuing into 2019, with and estimate budget of $40,000,000.
““The identification of a recommended City Park Golf Course Redesign team is a significant milestone in this important project,” Happy Haynes, executive director of Denver Parks and Recreation, said in a written statement. “The proposal developed by the Saunders design/build team will allow the City to deliver a project that reduces flood risks in nearby neighborhoods, while ensuring City Park Golf Course continues to be one of Denver’s crown jewels for years to come.”
The golf course’s redesign comes as a result of the city’s contentious plans for Platte to Park Hill storm drainage projects. A plan to regrade the western portion of the golf course to create a deeper storm detention area is one of four major projects, and construction is expected to close the course from late 2017 to 2019.
Opponents of the drainage plans, including parks advocates, say the golf course project is an affront to a prized urban green space that threatens to uproot 150 to 280 trees and relocate the clubhouse. But some golfers have argued the project offers a chance for a much-needed redesign that could incorporate the drainage area into a fresher layout”
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